On the Internet

Orca. (World Around Us: Bk. 3). May 2022. 32p. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9781459833661.
K-Gr 3–The use of the internet by young children is a complex and complicated subject for both parents and teachers. This work is an introduction to the harmful and beneficial aspects of being online and explores in the basics of safety in simple to understand language. With full-color photographs, watercolor illustrations. and accessible language, the book limns difficult concepts such as boundaries, bullying, virtual versus real life friendships, and more. Children are given guidelines as to what is and is not appropriate, what should and should not be shared, and what to do if something or someone makes them feel uncomfortable. The positive aspects of internet use are also considered. The illustrations show children of a variety of races and ages. The text is child-oriented, but this is an important work for educators and for parents.
VERDICT A basic introduction to online safety that can serve as a tool for classroom discussion.

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